The Politics of the Anthropocene
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stability in the Earth system, toward the end of which modern institutions such as states and capitalist markets arose. These institutions persist despite their potentially catastrophic failure to respond to the challenges of the Anthropocene, foremost among them a rapidly changing climate and accelerating
biodiversity loss. The pathological trajectories of these institutions need to be disrupted by advancing ecological reflexivity: the capacity of structures, systems, and sets of ideas to question their own core commitments, and if necessary change themselves, while listening and responding effectively to signals from the Earth system.
This book envisages a world in which humans are no longer estranged from the Earth system but engage with it in a more productive relationship. We can still pursue democracy, social justice, and sustainability - but not as before. In future, all politics should be first and foremost a politics of the Anthropocene. The arguments are developed in the context of issues such as climate change, biodiversity, and global efforts to address sustainability.
- Hardback | 208 pages
- 165 x 241 x 19mm | 474g
- 06 Feb 2019
- Oxford University Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
Table of contents
2: Governance in the Holocene
3: Governance in the Anthropocene
4: Planetary Justice
6: Who Will Form the Anthropocene?
7: Democratic Anthropocene
8: Conclusion: A Practical Politics of the Anthropocene
About John S. Dryzek
Society (2011), and the author of many books, including The Politics of the Earth (3rd edition, Oxford University Press, 2013).
Jonathan Pickering is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis, University of Canberra. His research focuses on global environmental governance, climate ethics and policy, and deliberative democracy. His research has been published in a range of journals including Climate Policy, Ecological Economics, Global Environmental Politics, International Environmental
Agreements, and World Development.